Saturday, November 16, 2019

If an action film like SATYAMEVA JAYATE can open very well, why did MARJAAVAAN, also an action fare and directed by the same person as SATYAMEVA JAYATE, not open as well? | 15 November, 2019

If an action film like Satyameva Jayate can open very well, why did Marjaavaan, also an action fare and directed by the same person as Satyameva Jayate, not open as well?

– SATYAMEVA JAYATE had John Abraham, who has an action image, while MARJAAVAAN stars Sidharth Malhotra and Ritesh Deshmukh, both of who are not action heroes.

Does a hero select a script or does a script select a hero?

– It works both ways if a hero is talented. Like a talented hero is in search of a good script, a well-written script is also in search of a hero who would be able to deliver.

With some films now being made devoid of lip-synch songs, is music really important for a film’s success?

– Important?! It is supremely important – especially in a commercial entertainer. Some films can do without lip-synch songs or without any songs but commercial potboilers need to have songs because songs are integral to our culture.

Why did ‘Bala’ take a fantastic opening today although it released a week after ‘Ujda Chaman’ which had the same story idea? | 8 November, 2019

Why did Bala take a fantastic opening today although it released a week after Ujda Chaman which had the same story idea?

– UJDA CHAMAN did not go down well with the public, hence the benefit went to BALA. Also, Ayushmann Khurrana is a star now and his films open very well. Besides, BALA opened in more than 3,000 screens in India today. This is the highest ever number of screens for an Ayushmann starrer.

Is the heat for Dabangg 3 building up? Do you see it taking a flying start on 20th December?

– Of course, DABANGG 3 will open huge on 20th December. Do you have any doubt? If so, perish the thought that it won’t open well.

Which will be Vicky Kaushal’s first release now?

– It will be Karan Johar’s BHOOT. It is slated for release in February 2020.

What is this brouhaha about incorrect box-office figures doled out by the producers of HOUSEFULL 4? | 1 November, 2019

What is this brouhaha about incorrect box-office figures doled out by the producers of Housefull 4?

– It’s much ado about something that’s been prevalent since years. Many producers do give out inflated box-office collections of their films but it is up to those reporting to correct them and put out the genuine figures. Frankly, not many so-called trade analysts and, of course, the self-styled trade analysts have the werewithal to get their hands on the genuine box-office collections and, therefore, either depend upon the producers for the same or randomly reduce the figures to appear unbiased. Both are dangerous moves. Film Information has a network of more than 200 representatives across India, to not just source the collections but also to verify those provided by the producers.

Will the fate of next week’s Bala be adversely affected because the other film on premature balding — Ujda Chaman — has released a week earlier?

– It’s the other way around. Perhaps, the fate of UJDA CHAMAN is going to be adversely affected as members of the public know that BALA is due next week and they may want to wait for that film.

What’s the whole purpose of bringing Radhe to the cinemas on Eid next year? Don’t you think, the film, which is still to roll, will have to be made in a tearing hurry?

If Salman Khan is particular about releasing RADHE on Eid 2020, who is anybody to object? He feels, he can make the film and release it in six months, so that’s it.

What did you think of the trailer of DABANGG 3? | 24 October, 2019

What did you think of the trailer of Dabangg 3?

– It has all that is needed to ensure a bumper initial for the film when it releases on 20th December.

Wouldn’t it have been better if Housefull 4 had been released on 27th October instead of 25th as the first two days (25th and 26th) are pre-Diwali days?


– HOUSEFULL 4 is a big-budgeted multi-starrer which can withstand the dull pre-Diwali days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been interacting with the film industry people quite often. No other PM has, perhaps, been so connected with the industry. Can you explain why?

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of his own admission, has said that the film people can influence minds like nobody else can. He realises the importance of films as being a great tool for creating perceptions, moulding opinions and influencing minds. And he wants to use the talent of the film people for nation-building.

Is there any chance of SAAND KI AANKH being postponed? Or will it release on Diwali? I am a small-town exhibitor and am confused because there are rumours in the trade to that effect. | 19 October, 2019

Is there any chance of Saand Ki Aankh being postponed? Or will it release on Diwali? I am a small-town exhibitor and am confused because there are rumours in the trade to that effect.

– No, the rumour is baseless. Diwali week will see three releases including SAAND KI AANKH.

What kind of an opening do you expect Housefull 4 to take, on 25th October?

– Since 25th October is a pre-Diwali day, the opening of HOUSEFULL 4 cannot and should not be expected to be earth-shattering. But despite the dull pre-Diwali day, the opening day’s figure could go up to Rs. 25-crore-plus.

When will Salman Khan begin shooting for Radhe? He has already announced its release on Eid next year?

– RADHE will roll in the first week of November, as soon as Salman and Prabhu Deva are free from DABANGG 3. Of course, they will have to divide their time between the shooting of RADHE and the post-production work of DABANGG 3.

Will WAR become the biggest blockbuster of this year so far? In other words, will it do more business at the box-office than KABIR SINGH? | 12 October, 2019

Will War become the biggest blockbuster of this year so far? In other words, will it do more business at the box-office than Kabir Singh?

– It has all chances of overtaking the net collections of KABIR SINGH (Rs. 280 crore). WAR has already netted Rs. 238.50 crore in the first nine-day week. This includes the collections of the dubbed Tamil and Telugu versions, besides the original Hindi version.

Can any film this year break the record of Kabir Singh?

To start with, WAR can. Besides, DABANGG 3 has the potential. It is slated for release on 20th December.

How will films sustain at the box-office, given the glut of releases in the coming weeks right till the year-end?

– The survival of the fittest – that’s the law of the jungle… and the box-office!

Did you expect this kind of a phenomenal initial for WAR on 2nd October? | 4 October, 2019

Did you expect this kind of a phenomenal initial for War on 2nd October?

– Of course, WAR was all set to open huge. Its trailers and songs had been adored by the public. The audience was waiting to watch two of the best-looking heroes together on screen. Since both are brilliant at action and dance, the public was waiting for this action, song-dance fare with bated breath. They gave it all their love on the national holiday for Gandhi Jayanti, when the film opened. So, the fact that it has become the highest-grossing film on the first day is not surprising at all.

Which film do you expect will open big in the coming weeks?

– HOUSEFULL 4, DABANGG 3 and GOOD NEWWZ this year.

What do you think of the similarity in the subjects of Bala and Ujda Chaman?


– This is not the first time, this is happening. JYOTI BANE JWALA and JWALAMUKHI had similar subjects. Both were released in 1980. THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH and 23RD MARCH 1931: SHAHEED were both historicals based on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s life, and they were released on the same day. SHAHEED-E-AZAM, another Bhagat Singh film, was released a week earlier. BALA and UJDA CHAMAN will be released in a gap of one week.

Why is there such a flood of new releases on 18th October? | 27 September, 2019

Why is there such a flood of new releases on 18th October?

– As many as seven films are presently slated for release on 18th October, besides one dubbed film. This is because there is no major or big film hitting the screens on that day as it is the dull pre-Diwali week. The producers of all the films releasing on that day, obviously, feel, it is better to come without a major opposition even if that means releasing it in as dull a week as pre-Diwali.

Is there room for three releases on Diwali? Should any of the three producers shift the release of his film?

– Frankly, the producers of SAAND KI AANKH need to rethink their release strategy because the film may find it difficult to withstand the opposition of the other two Diwali releases viz. HOUSEFULL 4 and MADE IN CHINA. But if they are not considering getting the film on another date, it is because they don’t have a good enough date after 25th October except 1st November. From 8th November onwards, there’s an opposition or two every single week right till the year-end. If the film hits the screens on 25th October, it at least gets a two-week window as there is no major release on 1st November. The producers must’ve reasoned out that it is better to face the opposition of two films than lose the Diwali week and the 2-week window.

What do you think of the Housefull 4 trailer?

– Extraordinary fun – that’s what it promises.

Will Ayushmann Khurrana’s fan base increase with the success of ‘DREAM GIRL’? | 20 September, 2019

Will Ayushmann Khurrana’s fan base increase with the success of Dream Girl?

– Yes, it will, because DREAM GIRL is probably his first film to be working in single-screen cinemas and ‘B’ class centres too. He has so far been more of a multiplex hero but his latest film has changed that.

Is The Sky Is Pink an English film?

– Not at all. It’s a Hindi film with an English title, just like this week’s THE ZOYA FACTOR is! And the Diwali release, MADE IN CHINA, too.

Will there be any more changes in the release schedules of films due in October and November?


– Of course, changes in release schedules keep happening all the time. There may be more changes but as of now, there seems to be less possibility of a change in the months of October and November.

First, ‘CHHICHHORE’. Now, ‘DREAM GIRL’. Does it mean that comedies are in? | 13 September, 2019

First, Chhichhore. Now, Dream Girl. Does it mean that comedies are in?

– Before these two films, we had MISSION MANGAL which was not a comedy. Other recent successes like SUPER 30 and KABIR SINGH were also not comedies. So there!

Does Ayushmann Khurrana select his films or do the films select him?

– Before Ayushmann Khurrana signed his first film, VICKY DONOR, he rejected several films because they were the usual commercial potboilers. Right from the time he entered films, he had decided to carve his own niche by doing cinema which was content-driven. In fact, this week’s DREAM GIRL seems to be among the few regular commercial films he has worked in.

Will Kick 2 release on Eid next year?


– Far from it! KICK 2 might roll around Eid next year!!